Ivory inlay of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 449x

Dimensions

Height x depth x length: 2.8 x 0.3 x 8.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1495a

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Details are rendered by incision: wing feathers are indicated by long notches along lower edge and small notches along the upper edge. Somewhat thinner lines are used for outlining body components and facial details. The piece has discolored slightly, but is in generally very good condition. Slight traces remain of the mud used to attach the inlay to its fixture.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 449x. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition